Two Accounts of Shaul's Death


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Contradictory Accounts

The last chapter of Shemuel I recounts Shaul's final, tragic moments as he asks his arms-bearer to kill him in face of potential capture by the Philistines. When met with refusal, he decides to fall on his own sword.  In Shemuel II 1 we hear about the episode again, this time from the perspective of the Amalekite who shares with David news from the battle.  However, the Amalekite's version of the events differs from the original regarding almost every detail:

How are we to understand the discrepancies?

David and the Amalekite

The interaction of David and the Amalekite raises several further questions.